May 18, 2021 Early Arms & Militaria
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/18/2021
This Revolutionary War period pistol dates to about 1780 and features a two-stage swamped brass barrel with finely engraved designs at the breech and behind barrel stage turnings. The left side of the breech is stamped with London view and proof marks. The lock is inscribed in the center "RYLANDS/ &/ DARBY". The pistol features Georgian brass mounts including a pierced and engraved flat sideplate, trigger guard terminating in an acorn finial, full stirrup pommel cap with engraved floral designs, and an oval wrist escutcheon with a deeply engraved border. There is silver wire inlay decoration surrounding the barrel tang in the form of scroll work and a large clamshell. The full length stock is of plain walnut. Just in front of the trigger guard finial are the engraved initials "W R" in block letters. The wooden ramrod is a later replacement. CONDITION: Barrel retains a pleasing dark mustard patina. Lock is in its original flintlock configuration and functions well. Markings are excellent and lock retains an even gray patina. Brass furniture retains a pleasing mustard patina and engraving is crisp. Stock shows a repaired crack at the wrist on the right side and a small piece professionally replaced below the lockplate. Otherwise good with scattered marks from use. Some of silver wire inlay around the barrel tang is absent and could be easily replaced. A very attractive Revolutionary War era flintlock officers pistol. DMG
Barrel Length
.58 Smoothbore
FFL Status
Rylands & Darby
Flintlock Officers Pistol
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $600.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,968.00
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,800
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
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